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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF AMO 7:1

The Vision of the Locusts.
The EVER-LIVING GOD showed me the following;—He formed locusts after the sprouting of the aftermath which springs up after the Royal mowing.

   
RF AMO 7:2 And when they had totally consumed the grass from the earth I exclaimed, "MIGHTY LORD! Pardon now,—can Jacob endure it? for he is little!"
   
RF AMO 7:3 The EVER-LIVING had pity at that, "It shall not continue," the LIFE said.
   
RF AMO 7:4 Then the MIGHTY GOD enlightened me, and summoned a great Fire,—and it devoured the great deep and would have consumed the land!—
   
RF AMO 7:5 but I exclaimed, "MIGHTY LORD Stop it. How can Jacob endure it? for he is little."
   
RF AMO 7:6 The EVER-LIVING had pity for that; " This also shall not continue," the MIGHTY LORD said.
   
RF AMO 7:7 Again he enlightened me, and I saw a Prince stand on a wall to plumb it,—with the plumb line in his hand.
   
RF AMO 7:8 And the EVER-LIVING asked me, "What do you see now, Amos?" And I replied, "A plumber." Then the Noble said to me—"I will drop a plummet into the breast of My People Israel. I will not endure them longer,
   
RF AMO 7:9 but the Mounds of Isaac shall be desolated, and the Sanctuaries of Israel burnt to ashes, and I will rise against the House of Jerebam with a sword."
   
RF AMO 7:10 The Priest of Bethel Denounces Amos.
The Priest of Bethel consequently sent to Jeroboam, King of Israel, to say;—"Amos is conspiring against you in the centre of the House of Israel;—the country cannot bear the load of all his speeches.
   
RF AMO 7:11 For Amos asserts that the Family of Jereboam shall be killed by the sword, and that Israel will be transported from its own country!"
   
RF AMO 7:12 Amaziah also said to Amos:—"Go, you Visionary,—fly to the land of Judah! and eat your bread there, and preach there,
   
RF AMO 7:13 and never return to Bethel to preach;—for it is a Royal Temple, and Royal Palace!"
   
RF AMO 7:14 Amos, however, answered and said to Amaziah, "I was not a Preacher, nor the Pupil of a Preacher,—but a herdsman, and gatherer of wild figs
   
RF AMO 7:15 But the EVER-LIVING took me from the flocks, and the LIFE said to me;—' Go! preach to My People Israel! '
   
RF AMO 7:16 Therefore now listen to the message from the EVER-LIVING! —You say ' Preach not to Israel,' and Do not drivel against the House of Jacob! '
   
RF AMO 7:17 But the EVER-LIVING, however, says, Your wife shall be outraged in this city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword, and your estate be divided by lots, and yourself shall die in the degraded land, and Israel will be transported from its own soil! '"
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